What Craft Or Hobbies Have You Not, And Why?

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  1. Von Jones

    Von Jones Very Well-Known Member
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    What craft or hobby have you not gotten around to either start or finish?

    I've been reorganizing my basement. I have found items like wax for candle making, leather and wood burning tools which at one point I was so 'going to do this.' Instead they have been sitting there gathering dust and taking up space.

    After my mother came to live with us and most of my attention went to caring for her my creative interest kind of dwindled away. Now as I go through all my tubs I wonder if my inspiration to delve into crafting will come back.
     
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    Von, I think the crafting bug will be there for you when your ready to begin again.

    I too set aside my need to create when members of my family have need of care. I have been the one to give care in the last stages of life for many of my family. I have done this with my parents, in-laws, a niece, and the most recent was a period of three years until my beloved husband died last December.

    For me crafts and art bring back my need to live in the now. I enjoy all things that make me feel as if I have a purpose to myself and others.:)
     
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    Thank you Ina for the words of encouragement. I guess I just needed to hear it. My mother would always tell other family members that I was just like my grandparents because I always kept my hands busy with something.

    I remember the first house that I rented I had all kinds of crafts, mostly Wysocki puzzles, and I got rid of everything and started over. The one thing that I did keep though was an unfinished quilt that I had started.
     
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    My grandson has a blanket that he got when he was a baby that has frayed and need to be relined. I don't have a sewing machine at the time which I need to complete the job of relining the blanket. I hope to get a sewing machine soon so that I can give him back his blanket.
     
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    I think that having goals in life is an important part of life. Some of our goals will be large goals; but many of them will be just little everyday goals. Crafts fill an important place in that respect. When I am knitting a pair of socks, I am anjoying myself, I am keeping my hands occupied, I am making something that i believe the recipient will enjoy, plus when I am finished, I have completed a goal.
    Crafts are one thing that we can pick up and do to take our mind off of other worries, that we can do when we are bored, when the weather is too nasty to go out the front door, or just about any other reason.
    I always intended to try more crafts; but sometimes, life just gets in the way. However, I do enjoy the crafts that I do, and I think that if you have an old woodburning set still sitting around in the basement, that it would be fun to at least take it out and try doing some woodburning with it. I had one when I was a teenager, and i really enjoyed it. I never got beyond the basic woodburning skills; but even so, it was a hobby that i enjoyed.
     
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    I've not tried wood burning, but I have done a few designs in burning leather. I can even see wood burning becoming a profitable hobby. I know that people around here, (Texas), will buy hand designed bowls, pictures, and just about anything eles they can get their hands on.

    But doing it for fun has the best payback rate around. :):rolleyes:
     
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    I always wanted to try Origami, but whenever I look it up on Google, I tell myself either that "it's too hard", or "I'll do it later", and then never do it. It's not like I don't have anything better to do in my spare time, but it would be nice to finally get off my lazy butt and start doing something pretty instead of surfing the Internet all day, looking at pictures of cute cats and dogs.
     
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    A hobby that I was never interested to pursue is reading. It's so boring and annoying.. Despite the teachers and such always tryed to push me in this direction I never followed their instructions and just ignored reading. But now I'm almost rediscovering this little piece of art which is indeed the reading. It's a calm and let you dips into the story like anyother thing can do.
     
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    I used to make candles when I was younger. Nothing fancy, just pillars mostly, but I enjoyed it. I don't have the space or money for that right now, but someday maybe I'll get back into it at some point.

    I am currently teaching myself to use a loom. I used the rainbow type loom when I was a child, but haven't done any of that in years. This is a rectangular loom, for making scarves, pot holders, wash cloths, etc., and I'm just playing around with it, but if anything comes of it, I'll list the items in my shops. I want to pick up some more looms, just the small ones for now, but eventually, I'd like to have some larger ones, so I could make afghans and shawls.

    One thing I've always wanted to try, is spinning, but the equipment is expensive. I love the idea of spinning high end yarn, but if that does happen, it will be in the distant future.
     
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    My mother has always been into the making of hand crafted stuff since I can remember. In fact I felt inspired to craft so many things after watching her creativity, which was always a source of inspiration to me.

    As time went by and I grew old, I don't know where I lost such inspiration and while many times would like to craft something, I have not the time and patience I used to have years ago despite I have been scrapping ideas for over a year or so, but without really trying to start any of them yet.
     
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    I haven't tried wood burning, but have worked with a Foredom Flex shaft power carver. My one cuz let me use his set-up. It was fun doing little relief pictures. He had a regular business doing relief carving wooden toilet seats. They were beautiful. And this was met to be a hobby. Now the past few years it's micro carving machine really dentist drillers:eek:. The other day when in Michaels not really thinking I picked up a sanded wooden disk. It was 6" size but not set-up to power carve. :)
     
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    Let's say I had long wanted to have my hands in the oven thing, yeah, baking pastries. But we only had an oven several years ago and at this late in the day, I don't have the energy anymore. But maybe when I retire from my daytime job, I can put up a small business of baking pastries not for the money but for the fun of it. The staple for breakfast here is the pandesal which is the morning bread and that's a good business to take because there is a sure market. However, the bread should be palatable and competitive in taste with the existing products of the bakery stores around.
     
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    If considered a hobby, one I have never done well, or even at all, was Dancing, either with a partner, or without.
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    I have never found anything I'm good at. I was in a photography club for several years and did enjoy my participation but was never very good. That was before digital.
     
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    @Bill Boggs, I don't know what your profession has been through the years, I've wondered if you were a teacher or a writer. If you were not a writer, then I would say you have a successful hobby at it. And, you don't have to be good at something to enjoy it as a hobby. Look at all the fishermen and hunters that go home happy whether they get anything or not.

    PS: If that is a picture of you and the Mrs, I think it really a nice one. :)
     
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    Thank you, Ina.
     
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    I would like to start a quilt for my son when he goes off to college next year. I haven't done it yrat as the beginning part is the boring part to me. However I need to remember how soothing the sewing by hand part is.
     
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    I like Paint by Number, which I find really relaxes me. My favorite hobby is travel and is somehting I love to do. I haven't had the money to go too many places recently, but when I do get to go somewhere, I am really into it. It is always fun to do something different. Ha, when we were at the Erie Zoo in my hometown we road the little train that goes through part of the zoo, and my ex who was wtih me, said "This is nothing." I thorughly enjoyed it though, mostly for the nostalgia value, and hey who doesn't like a train??
     
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    We have a train that goes through a park that has historical landmarks. I would like to ride it but there is never any one there when we visit so we just walk around. When we walk we can go inside and check it out. I find it very interesting to see how the early settlers lived back then.
     
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    We are not a craftsy family. I can't think of one person that did crafts. Most of my family members liked gardening but that's more a hobby. I never cared for that either.

    I did crotchet for a few years but wasn't really into it.
     
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    I was able to locate a picture of the house me and brother lived in. It was for the thread visiting the house you grew up in. The photographer who took the pictures did such a nice job. I don't have one picture of that house, and was pleasantly surprised It's a corner house. I was able to get a front view. A relief carving is a must and looking over the bits for my Dremel flex shaft carver. :)
     
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